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Ten school principals to be grilled for misuse of funds

27 August 2014, 23:03 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is set to probe 10 principals of recently elevated national schools for misappropriation of the allocated KES 7 billion that was meant for upgrading the once provincial institutions.

PAC’s chair, Ababu Namwamba told the Education Principal Secretary, Belio Kipsang that he should appear before the committee with the principals involved in the misappropriation of the funds and be held individually liable of offense.

“Looking at misappropriation of funds in most schools, the highlighted 10 may just be an iceberg. The Education ministry is heavy in appropriation and expenditure and Mr. PS, you should be hawk-eyed in the principals’ utilization,” said Namwamba.

He said the disbursed KES 25 million per school was intended for the expansion of the elevated secondary schools to national status but the Auditor General’s report established that some contractors were double-paid for same services rendered in addition to other irregularities.

“The increased funding to schools is to unburden parents and for schools to have adequate learning facilities. The National Audit office should keenly monitor schools allocated more funds because the principals and head teachers misuse money then incredibly overburden parents with illegal levies,” said Namwamba.

Kipsang said the Education taskforce commissioned to come up with a harmonized fee structure for all public secondary schools will provide it to the ministry for adoption in 2015 to curb the illegal levies the principals impose to parents.

“The Education ministry will ensure that principals involved in misappropriation of the allocated funds appear before this committee for accountability in their expenditure. So far those involved, the ministry has indicted them and pursued for the recovery of the funds,” said Sang.

The 10 principals to be grilled by PAC include the Friends School Kamusinga, Nakuru High, Muthale Girls in Kituyi, Kenyatta High in Mwatate, Malindi Boys High, Mary Hill Girls, Nairobi School, Lenana Boys, Chepsaita High in Uasin Gishu and Masaba Girls in Trans-Nzoia.

Namwamba affirmed that his committee will work closely with the Auditor General's office to ensure accounting officers in all public institutions utilize the allocated funds with accountability to eradicate corruption.   

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